President Obama gave his farewell speech yesterday. You can watch the whole thing here:
Here’s the transcript. UPDATE April 2017: That link seems to be dead now. I wonder why. Here’s the transcript from the LA Times.
And here is a highlights clip:
Here is one summary/analysis: “Eight of the Biggest Takeaways From President Obama’s Farewell Address” (from NBC)
Here are highlights of some other presidents’ farewell speeches: “Obama’s Farewell Address: How Presidents Use This Moment Of Reflection” (from NPR)
One of my favorite parts:
“Ultimately, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.”
Working on these today: the 5 (now 7) stages of grief —
But this post from Wait But Why was a good read and a good reminder that “It’s going to be okay.” Clinton’s and Obama’s graceful concession speeches are a good start towards trying to bridge the huge chasm dividing the American people.
One takeaway for now? Half of the population is devastated but the other half is elated; we have to understand each other.
Another takeaway? It really is important to vote. And a reminder about how to accept defeat gracefully. And one person’s to-do list for the day after.
Most days, I just want to forget that there’s an increasing possibility that this man might be the next US president. But I guess it’s important to try to understand his appeal.
It’s also a good reminder that I need to get my absentee ballot for this year’s election.
Or is it “an” historic visit? Here’s one answer to that grammar question.
The visit is, of course, the Pope’s visit to Washington. The news has been saturated with coverage over the past several days. Why is it such a big deal? It’s the first time for this pope to visit the US, and only the fourth papal visit in history. It’s the first time for a pope to give a speech in Congress, and this particular pope is known for his outspoken opinions.
Here are a few more articles, videos and other things to help you learn more about Pope Francis’ visit. He’ll be there until Sunday.